The Vernon Coalition grew out of a grass roots effort when concerned community members became mobilized
following the drug overdose deaths of several young people a few years ago.
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The Vernon Coalition stands united with other Drug-Free Community coalitions nationwide to oppose the legalization and use of marijuana. Making sure teens get the right information surrounding this news is critical. Below is a November 2012 press release from CADCA:
National Anti-Drug Association Calling for "Reality Check" on Pot
Washington, D.C. - Voters in Washington and Colorado approved a ballot question to allow the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, allowing adults to possess and grow marijuana with state regulation and taxation. The legalization measure in Oregon was defeated.
Arkansas voters rejected the use of so-called medicinal marijuana, but voters in Massachusetts joined 17 other states and the District of Columbia in supporting "medical" marijuana. Montana retained their "medical" marijuana law with more restrictions.
Under federal law, any marijuana use is still illegal. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) opposes marijuana use by anyone for any reason.
"We are confident the U.S. Department of Justice will uphold the Administration's position against legalization and deem these initiatives to be a clear violation of Federal law," said General Arthur T. Dean, CADCA's Chairman and CEO.
According to recent research from the National Institutes of Health, marijuana is significantly associated with lower IQ scores and learning problems, mental illness, car crashes, and a lower quality of life.
"Despite being outspent by several million dollars, CADCA member coalitions faced with these ballot challenges have done an outstanding job of mobilizing and educating the public that more marijuana availability isn't good for public health or their states' economy. Unfortunately, there is a well-funded effort to misinform the American people when it comes to the facts about marijuana, contributing to a disturbing disconnect among the media and the voting public. Allowing marijuana use will further increase overall drug use rates, youth access and use and treatment admissions," said Gen. Dean.
CADCA does not subscribe to smoked marijuana being called "medicine" by citizen voting. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute on Drug Abuse have said smoked marijuana has no medical benefit. The American Medical Association and The American Society of Addiction Medicine have stated their opposition to legalize marijuana. Research shows marijuana harms adolescent cognitive brain development, contains carcinogens, and is linked to mental illness, especially schizophrenia. Marijuana use by drivers doubles the risk of car crashes. A longitudinal study supported by NIDA shows that persistent marijuana use decreases IQ as much as 8 points, moving a person of average intelligence into the lower third of intelligence.
"Marijuana use is related to a host of health and safety concerns, and frankly, dulls your brain. Our nation cannot afford to raise a generation of pot smokers and expect to compete in this high-tech, global economy. We need a reality check," Gen. Dean said.
Although the negative impacts will undoubtedly be the same, the approaches of the two states differ:
About CADCA CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is the membership organization representing over 5,000 coalitions and their affiliates working to make communities safe, healthy and drug-free, in the U.S. and internationally. CADCA's mission is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions by providing technical assistance and training, public policy and advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences, and special events.
While visiting every school in Vernon for Back to School night in September, we were greeted by parents and school staff with friendly smiles and questions about ?what they needed to know about kids and substance abuse.? From the perspective of the coalition, we have many listening ears and that?s really great news. From Pre-School to Senior Year, parents are asking about the latest prevention tools and The Vernon Coalition continues to be a source for answers in the community. Vernon is a great town doing impressive work keeping youth focused on better decision making in a community motivated to creating positive environmental changes.
The Vernon Coalition was represented at Girls World Expo on September 30, 2012 at the Sussex County Vocational-Technical school. Brianna White helped out at the table in the morning while Briana Palmer came out for the afternoon. The variety of presentations and the diverse array of program topics and vendors made for a very colorful, fun and informative day for many girls, their friends and moms. Briana Palmer, pictured here, helped attendees to pamphlets on substance abuse prevention as well as answered questions about who The Vernon Coalition is and what the coalition is doing in Vernon.
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